Run your city! Run with Rojkind
It's free. It's healthy. It's passion. Michel Rojkind brought us on a run to explore Prague's architecture, parks, street art & design. Get inspired. Get on the run. Route map included!
To wrap up reSITE 2018 ACCOMMODATE, we invited Mexican architect Michel Rojkind to lead a run to discover Prague, to connect with the city and the people, make new friendships and find a new passion. Whether you were part of the group of not, check this 6,9 km route through Prague's iconic places, towards the new foodies' hotspot powered by reSITE, Manifesto Market. Find your own pace. Bring friends or run alone. Run and run again!
Prague is well known for its historic architecture, having been the capital of the Holy Roman Empire during the 14th century and one of Europe’s most important cities for centuries. The range of architecture from the 20th century reflects Prague’s position as a center of art and style. Find our insider tips featuring cafes and specialized fashion & design shops that shouldn’t be missed. Are you ready? Remember to share your photos with #RunwithRojkind and tag @reSITE_.
The Run with Rojkind included some famous buildings from the 20th century, beautiful parks, and street art with masterpieces from the acclaimed contemporary artist David Černý.
- Start: Chotkovy Sady
- Distance: 6.9 km
- Average Time: 40 minutes
- Landmarks Seen:13
- Finish: Manifesto Market
Ready, set, RUN...
Chotkovy sady is the perfect spot to gather and begin your discovery Prague. The route covers 6.9 km, making some short stops to know more about some of the most iconic places of Prague’s cityscape.
The Metronome is a giant, semi-functional metronome in Letná Park, overlooks the Vltava River and the city center of Prague. It was erected in 1991, on the plinth left vacant by the destruction in 1962 of an enormous monument to former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. The 75-foot-tall (23 m) Metronome is now mostly a scenic vista and a meeting place for young people. It was designed by international artist Vratislav Novak.
Letná Park, meaning 'summer' is popular for warm-weather strolls and informal sports (particuarly inline skating and jogging). Several infamous rock concerts took place here, Michael Jackson (1996), Rolling Stones (2003) - both with an over 120,000 audience. Due to its position it used to be the venue for the largest Stalin statue in Europe. The statue was torn down in the 1960s.
“Peeing statues” Affectionately titled, "Piss", it features two gyrating, mechanical men urinating on a map of the Czech Republic. Text a personal message to the number next to the exhibit and these chaps will happily waggle their bronze penises around to spell it out for you. Made by David Černý!
The John Lennon Wall is probably the most famous graffiti wall in Prague. Just leave a message, and someone else will leave another message over it the next day. Started in 1981 after John Lennon was shot, it was originally used to write slogans against the Communist government.
“Babies” at Kampa and Černý’s “Tower Babies” are his most visible work in Prague. Since 2001, the 10 alien-like sculptures have been permanently installed on the Žižkov TV Tower. To see them up close, there are three bronze babies crawling in a corner right here - next to Museum Kampa.
Yellow penguins - waiting for a ship to Antartica! Located at the Kampa museum, these 34 bright yellow penguins can be seen from just about anywhere along the Vltava in Prague's city-center, but the perfect view is from the Charles bridge. The artists who made this masterpiece, Italian The Cracking Art Group, is made up of six artists who came together to change the art world and the environment by using only recycled plastic materials.
Dancing House was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry in 1992 and completed in 1996. Dancing house was originally named Fred and Ginger (after the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), but rarely used.
Mánes Exhibition Hall is one of the most unique Functionalist buiding in Prague. Originally designed in 1928 as a permanent place for the Society of Artists to house their exhibitions. Currently it’s in use as a exhibition hall, which host temporary exhibitions on a not-so-regular schedule. There’s a café, restaurant and terrace though to get small glimpses of the architecture.
Papelote – for all of you who love paper and original design, great quality of work with something extra and functional, Papelote stationary shop is a place where you want to get stuck in. When purchasing something from this shop, you can be 100 % sure it was made in Czech.
Czech Design – They know everything about Czech Design and also run a shop where you can get some!
SmetanaQ is a newly established concept that offers assistance to talented Czech designers. The entire building is divided into studios for artists, gallery and café - a unique project with spectacular views on Vltava.
Manifesto is brand new food 'n culture market in the center of Prague that has turned an abandoned land into a place full of culture, design and gastronomy. Powered by reSITE and Aerofilms.
Run with Rojkind Route through Prague
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